Mobile working is rapidly becoming a part of corporate life, yet many enterprises are not fully aware of the competitive advantage that can achieved by placing mobile flexible working at the centre of their corporate strategy.
Whilst the demand for mobile flexible working is increasing, recent research studies are consistent in identifying that the majority of multinationals currently have limited or no mobile working capabilities in place, with those surveyed concerned about pricing predictability, mobility management, corporate culture and security as the key barriers to adoption.
At a basic level, enterprises adopting small scale mobile flexible working strategies immediately benefit from improvements in the productivity of virtual teams and the limiting of potential misunderstandings when colleagues are not communicating face to face. Using capabilities such as the ability to use presence information to determine a colleague's availability, to the use of fixed mobile communications (FMC) to seamlessly transfer a user between available networks, enterprises are witnessing a number of productivity benefits.
By working closely with over 500 multinational companies, Vodafone Global Enterprise have evolved services and pricing structures that directly answer the business concerns of pricing, mobility management, culture change and security raised in the surveys. These services include "per seat pricing", which provides complete transparency and budgeting predictability across countries and continents. "Vodafone Device Manager" enables the remote management of mobile devices ensuring corporate security and the ability to upload business applications worldwide. There are also fixed and mobile converged solutions, which allow companies to consolidate their telecommunications management, including IP Centrex systems, and a "Master Services Agreement".
It also provides businesses with managed mobility solutions, beneficial pricing bundles, centralised procurement, global portfolios of devices, advantageous roaming packages and consultancy advice for companies considering mobile or Total Communications (fixed and mobile) options.
With the operational benefit of a Total Communications strategy in place, a number of forward thinking enterprises are now working with Vodafone Global Enterprise to exploit the capabilities of unified communications, Machine to Machine (M2M), social networks and cloud computing to rapidly deploy tailored services and 'mashup' applications, combining data and services from multiple internal and third party sources, to meet the specific information needs of a user, team and enterprise.
The age of the agile mobile enterprise is upon us.